Peter Francis
Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Birmingham City University

Peter Francis

With a track record in higher education leadership, Peter’ career spans all aspects of academia, from education to research and knowledge exchange.  He joined Birmingham City University on 1st July 2021, having previously led the academic transformation at the University of Northumbria. His current responsibilities include all academic matters including the portfolio, academic partnerships and TNE, student recruitment, student support services, mental health and wellbeing and the student experience. He leads the University’s strategy on TEF and REF.

As an active researcher, most of Peter’s published research has focussed on victims and victimisation, criminological research methods, policing, prisons, and crime and social divisions. He has just completed leading a major multi-partner and multi-site R&D project funded through the OfS Mental Health Challenge Competition examining student mental health and wellbeing support achieved through advanced educational data analytics, relationship management, and effective models of support.

Recently he published three articles on educational analytics in HEIs, and on the platform society.